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The week’s best travel stories for January 10, 2014

The Reporter has scanned the web for this week's best travel stories, longreads and guides.

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Home on the Hearst Range

Vanity Fair

Since opening to the public more than 50 years ago, Hearst Castle has drawn visitors to William Randolph Hearst’s opulent hilltop compound in San Simeon, along California’s central coast. However, the land surrounding the regal pile—some 82,000 acres—has remained largely unseen. Now, the upcoming book Hearst Ranch: Family, Land, and Legacy (Abrams) unveils the stunning acreage, complete with its rich history, for the first time. See the highlights.


A Sonoran Desert holiday for the whole family

Outside Magazine

We have been warned about the javelinas and the heat, but nothing prepares us for the best trail surprise of all on thi sTexas adventure. Read the story.


Top 100 holiday beach houses around the world

The Guardian

The Guardian kicks off its special guide with the best coastal hideaways in Europe. From Denmark to Sicily these holiday homes are just a pebble’s throw from the sea. See the guide.


Vicious cycle: Shenzhen to Shanghai on two wheels

South China Morning Post

A charity bicycle tour from Shenzhen to Shanghai affords Thomas Bird insight into the polluted ‘heaven-on-Earth’ that is modern-day China. Read the story.


Brazil’s north zones

The New York Times

The Frugal Traveler heads to the north sides of São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, where urban explorers can find affordable adventures. See the video.


The editor of the Traveling Reporter works as a business news editor, and is a frequent traveler. When not doing any of that, he spends time on his boat and tries to figure out where to travel next. Two of his top destinations are the Philippines and San Francisco. Email Erik! Follow the Traveling Reporter at Stumbleupon, Tumblr, Chime In, Pinterest, Google+, Weibo, Storify, Facebook, Traveldudes, Myspace.